Fitness Exchange

1979 to 2007

The longest lasting "gay" gym in Montrose, and it moved around:

1979   3131 W Alabama
1981   3307 Richmond
1983   2900 Richmond
1987   3930 Kirby
1997   4040 Milam @ Bute

Founded by Al McClerren

  

Above, Fitness Exchange t-shirts, from Wearing Gay History

Above, first TWT ad, 5/4/79

and their ads were known for featuring good looking men...

  

1980

Mr Gay Texas 1982, David Prejean

  

1981

a branch in Dallas opened in 1981

  

3307 Richmond

  

1982

1983

  

  

  


  

1984

1985

2900 Richmond

   

1986

Dallas branch

 

3930 Kirby

 

1987

  

1988

    

below, xmas ad for Dallas branch

1989

  

The club also sponsored softball teams

1990

  

1991

between 1991 and 1996 very little advertising was done

1996

 

 1997

This address became more known as the home of the Montrose Center (2007)

Above, is Mary Ann McBee, later owner of the club

1998

1999

Founder Al McClerren died in 2002

Actually, the Fitness Exchange only remained in business until the end of 2007
and those times were rife with controversy over mismanagement and customers losing membership funds

Also See
Jim's Gym & Parkway Athletic Club